Ottawa – The City’s Transportation Committee today received an update on the statement of work for the environmental assessment looking at converting 10 kilometres of existing southwest Transitway to light-rail transit, between Baseline Station and Barrhaven Town Centre. Although light rail would only be extended to Barrhaven after 2031, conducting the assessment now positions the City as ready to seek funding from other levels of government as opportunities become available.
The study area partially overlaps with another ongoing environmental assessment looking into rail grade-separations in Barrhaven, so the two studies will be combined. This will help identify an integrated solution for the two projects, and will result in savings in time and resources. The City expects to complete the joint assessment by autumn 2020.
A missing link in Ottawa’s cycling network is one step closer to completion. The Committee approved entering into a front-ending agreement that would bring a continuous cycle track on each side of Booth Street, connecting the future Pimisi light-trail transit station with the Ottawa River Pathway, behind the Canadian War Museum. Painted bicycle lanes would also go farther north, connecting to the Zibi development on Chaudière and Albert islands.
Under the agreement recommended to City Council, the City would reimburse Windmill Dream Zibi Ontario Inc. up to $1.86 million once the infrastructure is designed and built. The agreement includes protected intersections, with cross rides and bicycle signals to maximize safety and convenience for all users. To minimize disruption and expedite the project, the cycling facility would be coordinated with the developer’s underground infrastructure work.
Items approved at today’s Transportation Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, October 10.